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Newberg woman gets 37 months in prison for the May attacks; boyfriend seeks leniency

A Newberg woman arrested in May on allegations she repeatedly beat her boyfriend atoned for her crimes in court last week.McFarland

Jennie Curry McFarland, 45, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and attempt to commit second-degree assault, both charges that constitute domestic violence under Oregon law.

Yamhill County Circuit Court Judge Ladd Wiles sentenced McFarland to 37 months in prison on the first count and 19 months on the second count, which will be served concurrently to the first. She also will be subjected to three years of post-prison supervision, will participate in domestic violence and substance abuse programs and also was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

As part of the plea deal worked out by her counsel, McMinnville attorney Abraham Hanson, and the prosecutor in the case, Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Harmon, three counts of unlawful use of a weapon were dismissed, as was a single count of second-degree assault.

A separate case also concluded last week saw McFarland convicted of failure to appear on a first-degree theft charge and interfering with a peace officer, while a second charge of second-degree disorderly conduct was dropped. She was sentenced to 15 days in jail, with time served while she was incarcerated awaiting trial on the assault charges.

The victim in the case, Newberg resident Michael Anderson, requested that Wiles show McFarland leniency during the sentencing hearing, an account in the News-Register newspaper said. He said that her actions were directly attributable to her alcohol consumption and that addressing her addiction could serve to keep her from reoffending. Wiles, who discussed McFarland's alcoholism with her prior to the sentencing, agreed with Anderson and shortened the possible sentence.

May arrest

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McFarland was arrested on May 20 after a probable cause affidavit was filed by Officer Jeromy Pillon of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department.

The arrest came after Pillon responded on May 19 to Providence Newberg Medical Center on a reported assault. Medical staff who tended to the man told Pillon that Anderson had been repeatedly beaten by McFarland over the past several days.

"The victim stated that he is currently in the hospital due to being struck in the head with a frying pan multiple times last night during a disagreement between Ms. McFarland and himself," Pillon wrote in the probable cause affidavit.

The officer further reported that Anderson appeared to have "multiple lacerations all over his head and face, some of which were still bleeding and oozing puss." Anderson also had multiple bruises on his arms, chest, neck and face, Pillon reported, adding that Anderson complained of a high level of pain.

Anderson, Pillon reported, had been beaten by McFarland with a variety of objects over the past week, including a full wine bottle. He also was attacked with a weed trimmer and threatened with a kitchen knife, Pillon reported.

"He stated that she was holding it in such a way that he believed she was going to stab him with it," the report said. "He stated that he was afraid for his life."


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